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Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped many people recover from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to relieve the pain. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic is usually a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control group who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. We'll help ease your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.